About Shot4Shot

Thanks for visiting Shot4Shot: for the love of film, a film journal which will analyze and enjoy some cinematic brilliance one shot at a time.

As a director of television and film, I’m constantly floored & inspired by the inventiveness, freshness or just plain audacity of the camera work and staging by some of my favorite movie directors. These shots illuminate theme and/or create maximum story impact, often invisibly, with enormous economy.

For years, I’ve been keeping a log book of these shots, which I periodically flip through for inspiration. This blog will include frame grabs of the shots (like little storyboards), a video link when possible, and an explanation of why I think the shot is so memorable, effective and worthy of inclusion.

The list of famous directors that will be represented here will be wildly eclectic – Lean, Leone, Cuaron, Minnelli, Cukor, Welles, Kieslowski, Kalatozov, Chaplin, Capra, Tarkovsky, Coppola (both dad & daughter), Lee (both Spike and Ang), etc, etc, and perhaps a few shots of my own!  (You may notice a wee disproportionate representation of Spielberg‘s movies.  What can I say?  It’s nearly impossible for the man to make an uninventive shot.)

This should be great fun – so check back often as I’ll be updating new shots all the time.

Happy viewing! Let me know what you think!

Johnny Baumgartner



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave Cotton
    May 08, 2011 @ 20:34:07

    Love your new site!
    I’m gonna learn a lot from this!!


  2. jsbfilm
    May 08, 2011 @ 20:49:29

    Thanks for subscribing, Dave! Look forward to all your thoughts as we get things under way!


  3. Jan Baldwin
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 11:01:35

    Dear John, We know each other thru our best friend, Gary N. He has introduced your blog to me, and I enjoyed your bio, as well as the info on great directors. my fav’s run from Capra to Tarantino. Fav star: Johnny Depp. Live long and prosper. JAN


  4. falenen
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 20:29:55

    are you still looking for a writer?
    If you have a direct email, I’m interested.


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